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Rehearsals & Preparations

Today, behind the scenes, at the Stadschouwburg Theater in Amsterdam, preparations have been under way for the most interactive and spectacular TEDxAmsterdam ever undertaken. Saying that  a lot of people have worked hard during this enterprising adventure, well so far, that's one huge understatement. [caption…

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Good Morning TEDx Amsterdam 2014

The crowded tram leaves Central Station and heads towards Leidseplein, a busy square at the southern end of Amsterdam's central canal ring. Today however, the tram is packed almost entirely with local artists, designers, engineers, physicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, teachers, IT professionals and university students. Observing…

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Behind the Scenes

Things seemed to run like clockwork behind the scenes at TEDxAmsterdam on the day before the big event. The stage crew was calm. The speakers were rehearsed. It seemed fitting for an event with the theme: somewhere in time. "It's the calm before the storm," blogger Evelyn Grunau commented. "More…

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A Virtual Front-Row Seat

With only limited seating in the Stadsschouwburg we decided to replicate our first-row seats indefinitely. By using virtual reality cameras everyone with an Android smartphone and a (cheap) pair of VR goggles can fully immerse themselves in the TEDxAmsterdam experience. Virtual reality is one of…

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Jimmy Nelson: Hail the People

Jimmy Nelson’s LEVE DE MENS! (HAIL THE PEOPLE!) is currently being exhibited at the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde (Leiden). Nelson was a TEDxAmsterdam 2013 speaker. With this exhibition the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden is hosting a world first and is challenging you to think about…

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TEDSalon in Berlin

The registration for the TEDSalon in Berlin on June 23rd has began.  TED Salons are smaller-scale events which give the opportunity to engage more intimately. This year the TED Salon is themed "Bits of Knowledge". The TEDSalon will be taking place on June 23, 2014 at the AdmiralsPalast on the Eastern…

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Watch TED2014

This year marks TED’s 30th anniversary. The main event will take place on tuesday March 18th. And here is the good news. You can attend! No, no need to take a plane, just hop on by at the NRC Café in Amsterdam for this years viewing party. The theme for…

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What else is new?

TEDxAmsterdam brought together a selection of speakers with ideas worth spreading. Almost two months later, we want to share some updates on their work. Jimmy Nelson’s talk about his work photographing tribes across the world is the most viewed talk of this year. Before they pass away was viewed over…

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Thank you, dream team!

TEDxAmsterdam is run by a team of volunteers and supported by dedicated partners. We want to thank all those who helped realise this year’s edition! From the production crew to the speaker coaches, from the caterers to the bloggers, from the stage directors to the…

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ex nihilo, TEDxBrussels

TEDsters in Amsterdam still have to wait a couple of days for the big day. Our neighbours in Brussels already had their TEDx event, ‘ex nihilo’ last Monday. Like previous editions, the fifth TEDxBrussels featured great scientists, innovators and engineers. Attendees heard all the latest…

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Behind the Voices

Physical telltale signs that expose 'real' emotions or underlying secret motives have always been relied upon to figure out what's really going on, to tell what someone is truly feeling. From there we decide how to react or what to think. So what happens when all you need is someone's…

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Rene Gude: Human Kindness

Philosopher Rene Gude, of the International School of Philosophy, shares his views on the emotional battles we each struggle through, how philosophy can help us, and how human kindness is essential. Tiny Coachmen, Satellites and Humanity After a beautiful introduction from Monique van Dusseldorp about…

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Heaven or hell? Diespace!

For the past ten years, the Amsterdam based group PIPS:lab has been producing raw, expressive, visually stunning and interactive multimedia performances. Today, by using lighting, theatrical performance  and provocative concepts, PIPS:lab swept the crowd off their feet (and we were all seated!) via their interactive…

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Lie to me!

Amir Liberman: The emotional microscope "What does my instinct tell me as I go on stage? Do I go forward and speak or do I go to the back and hide from you? Am I excited? Stressed? This is a confusing situation," says Amir as he jokingly runs backstage. Amir…

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Yes, there’s more.

The TEDxAmsterdam Afterparty. Hyperbole. November the 30th. [youtube JA_GYwTaISk] After listening  to and learning from the TEDxAmsterdamTalks given by brave, inspiring and pioneering people from all over the world, come and stimulate your senses at the TEDxAmsterdam Afterparty @ Ludwig, Regulierdwarsstraat 37 from 21:00 onwards. [caption id="attachment_16757" align="alignleft" width="243" caption=""People…

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The Andaz Experience

The Andaz Amsterdam Hotel capitalizes on the TEDx mantra of "ideas worth spreading" by embodying a creative concept all of its own. Live like a Local TEDxAmsterdam speakers and crew will stay in style at the newly openedAndaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht Hotel. The Andaz Amsterdam is located on the Prinsengracht in…

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The Nature of Passion

What’s with all the inspired people? Organizers, advisers, partners and other supporters of TEDxAmsterdam gathered at the Mayor’s home for the unveiling of this year’s line-up of all-star speakers. The evening began with a gathering in a grand and elegant room by deputy mayor Caroline…

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Where does language come from?

Language is humankind’s most amazing invention. Throughout our history it has helped us to communicate, share, seduce, insult and manipulate. But where does language come from? And why are words so often used for something other than what they mean? [caption id="attachment_14285" align="alignright" width="254" caption="Mark…

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Bio-Photo-Fantastic

The quest for alternative and sustainable sources of energy takes a truly green twist with the creation of the moss table. The moss table has been designed in the University of Cambridge by Carlos Peralta and Alex Driver in collaboration with scientist Paolo Bombelli who has been responsible for its…

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TEDxChange in Amsterdam

What idea could be more ‘worth doing’ than helping to grow health, development, and education? Join the global conversation. On Thursday, April 5th the TEDxChange in Amsterdam is taking place. The event will present six speakers bringing six projects about ideas that can help improving…

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From awkward to unexpected

While talking about "Unexpected Discoveries" a speaker at TED2012 is confronted with every speaker's worst nightmare: a major technological malfunction. That is at least what the audience thinks. "Colin Robertson" on stage. Source: TED Blog We’re all familiar with awkward moments when we don’t feel totally…

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Our trash and our EYE

Amsterdam Noord is the city's northern district and home of cultural hotspot NDSM wharf. As of April 5th it will also officially host the country's new filmmuseum,EYE. A day before the public can enter this innovative white building facing the waterfront, Queen Beatrix will be…

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We are looking for... you

The positions for the blogger and project manager for the Ideas Worth Doing teams have been filled! Thanks for all your applications and congratulations to Sergio and Ludo for making it into the team. About TEDxAmsterdamED TEDxAmsterdamED brings the first TEDx event centered on Education…

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Andrew Hessel: The man-made promise

[caption id="attachment_12787" align="aligncenter" width="199" caption="Photo: Maurice Mikkers & Jan-Jaap Heine "][/caption] Andrew Hessel has 10 trillion friends. They taught him everything about life, the universe and everything else. Meet Hessel's friends: the microbes. They are the perfect friend; as long as they have food they…

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Louise Vet: Poop is gold

During TEDxAmsterdam 2009, Louise Vet, professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Wageningen University and director of the Netherlands Instute of Ecology (NIOO), told us what lessons economy can learn from ecology. She also told us about the new NIOO building, which puts these lessons into practice.…

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Follow-up: Worldmoon

Probably the most groundbreaking idea on TEDxAmsterdam 2010 was presented by Martine de Wit of DUS Architects. Their Worldmoon got stage time by winning the NRC Challenge, combining science and fiction. Martine told Tim all about the science and the fiction of this idea. The idea of a Worldmoon, a…

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Dinner in the Dark

Last weekend, students of Hotel School The Hague campus Amsterdam organized an amazing charity dinner for the Koninklijk Nederlands Geleidehonden Fonds (KNFG) at their campus in Amsterdam. I was one of the sixty lucky ones to support this great initiative and try and eat a three course dinner… blindfolded. Two…

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Follow-up: Treemagotchi

On stage as one of the three finalists of the TEDxChallenge, Egon de Bruin certainly made an impression during last year's TEDxAmsterdam. Passionately talking about Treemagotchi, he convinced the audience of the importance of this idea. And although Treemagotchi didn't win the TEDxAmsterdam Award in…

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Wow, TEDxDordrecht!

Every time I watch a TED Talk, I am blown away by the ambition and achievements coming from the person standing on that stage. The talks engage and inspire, but can also be of such grandeur that it seems difficult to pursue yourself. That is where the diversity of independent…

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Measure happiness, change the state

[caption id="attachment_9693" align="alignright" width="212" caption="King Jigme Singye Wanghuck, source: www.bhutan2008.bt"][/caption] Money makes the world go round. Economic concepts play a central role in daily politics. These days the news is all about sovereign debt, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and growth rates. And as neoliberals such…

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TED Global - Live from Amsterdam

Check back here regularly - our man @martijnwinkler is multitasking here at Boom Chicago to provide you with the latest updates about what's happening in Amsterdam, watching the TED Global livestream and the local program. [caption id="attachment_9452" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="photo: Jan-Jaap Heine"][/caption] 17:20 Thanks for…

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Follow-up: Butterflyworks

A smile is difficult to suppress when entering Butterflyworks' new design studio in Amsterdam-Noord. A spacious, colorful studio with about fifteen people working diligently amongst high shelves filled with books on art, design and technology and the walls hung with a web of cards showing…

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Call for volunteers

TEDxAmsterdam and its spinoff events are the result of intense cooperation between volunteers, partner organizations and our sponsors. For the upcoming months, our teams are looking out for people able to fulfill specific needs. We would love to hear from you if you want to help out! [caption id="" align="alignnone"…

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Bogers boosting Burundi

Imagine you visit a conference website, tipped by a friend, and are drawn to this one project in particular. Subsequently, you attend the conference and a few months later you find yourself founding a country’s marketing and communications department from your Amsterdam-based office. This is…

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TEDxAmsterdamLive recap

On Wednesday the 2nd of march some 300 people gathered in the Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg to watch the TED2011 livestream and enjoy a locally organized program with speakers and musical performances. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="614" caption="Panoramic view of the Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg (by Rosalien Derkinderen)"][/caption] We started…

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Don't panic

To celebrate International Women's Day 2011, today we're looking back at last December's TEDxAmsterdamWomen with a series of articles and videos. It is no secret among my friends and colleagues that I have a bit of an (intellectual) crush on modern philosopher and writer Alain de Botton. So no one was happier then me as…

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Diagnostics and politics

To celebrate International Women's Day 2011, today we're looking back at last December's TEDxAmsterdamWomen with a series of articles and videos. Dr. Deborah Rhodes - a physician and cancer researcher speaks about her inspirational journey to improve breast cancer diagnostics. Talking us through her path…

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The big cat in the room

To celebrate International Women's Day 2011, today we're looking back at last December's TEDxAmsterdamWomenwith a series of articles and videos. The conservationist and documentary filmmaker couple talked about our society's mixed approach and misconception regarding wildlife in general and wild cats in specific. Admiring them and fear…

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A night of TEDxLive

We are happily surprised with so many enthusiastic TED fans that want to watch the TED simulcast! All seats for March 2 are taken now, so you can't register in the spreadsheet anymore. Our partnering venue, the Stadsschouwburg, proudly hosts this livestreaming event from TED2011 in Long Beach, California along…

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What TEDxWomen Want

Over the past several years, a flood of fascinating data from the worlds of education, microfinance and more has shown an essential link between investing in women, economic growth, public health and political stability. A new lens reveals women as powerful change agents. TEDWomen invited both women and men to…

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Food for Thought

Although TEDxAmsterdam is metaphorically about feeding hungry minds, Food and Nutrition Delta focuses on actual food – and throughout the day offered TEDxAmsterdam guests sustainable things to sustain our energy. And not just the food was special!  Moonen Natural, in collaboration with We Are Perspective, provided all the food packaging,…

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Re-think the moon

DUS Architects is an Amsterdam-based architecture agency, who came up with a rather radical idea. Worldmoon is their call for a new purpose for the... yes, moon. Why would we all want to spent our afterlife underground, or cremated – only represented by a stone on a graveyard? DUS Architects…

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Food for thought

With your mind filled with exciting, engaging and inspirational ideas, it’s time for a short break to meet your fellow TEDxAmsterdam attendees. Amid the hubbub, we found a chance to talk to some of the speakers, get a breath of fresh air and look out for a quiet WiFi corner…

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And the winner is......

The three brightest ideas from the open TEDxChallenge are  in for the final draw – hoping to promote, share and  realize their projects through the TEDx auction that will come up later tonight..... Encouraging the young generation to experience the complex dynamics of developing countries…

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Live Mindmapping

For all our fans who want to view the live TEDxAmsterdam HD video stream and twitter stream we have good news! World of Minds and MindMeister will be facilitating the live mindmapping stream. What is a mindmap? Take a look here. This was a big success in 2009 not only…

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Join the Pipe

Building a pipeline from Leidsesquare to Dasmina in Bangladesh In the months that precede the 30th of November, one of the perks of organizing TEDxAmsterdam is having the opportunity to team up with like-minded organizations that share our passion for a better world. Join the Pipe.org (www.jointhepipe.org) is one of…

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New speakers announced

We are delighted to announce the following speakers, which makes the line up of TEDxAmsterdam 2010 complete! Esra’a Al Shafei, Creating new visions for the Middle East. Esra’a Al Shafei is the founder and Executive Director of Mideast Youth, a grassroots, indigenous digital network that…

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Amsterdam insider

Coming to visit us for TEDxAmsterdam? Here's a different view of the city - from the people who live here At TedxAmsterdam’s venue in the Stadsschouwburg, you’re already in the heart of Amsterdam, one of the world’s great cities. And if you book with any of the hotels we’ve arranged special…

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Karen and compassion

Karen Armstrong: remarkably modest & admirably ambitious Recently, we had the opportunity to meet Karen Armstrong, who won the TED Prize in 2008 and thereafter initiated the Charter for Compassion. In line with her many writings on spirituality, the charter shows the resemblance between the major religious world movements that…

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Our future is not history

Pop quiz: what’s the common denominator in the Sanoma publishers, the Club van 100 and TEDxAmsterdam equation? This ensemble could not have been better described than they were by Rijksmuseum director Wim Pijbes. Three seemingly very different groups all share some important characteristics: they like…

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Amsterdam, City of Ideas

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="TEDxAmsterdam partners in De Bazel (photo Jan-Jaap Heine). "][/caption] On September 13, the TEDxAmsterdam partners had the pleasure of attending a small event at the Bazel, home to the Amsterdam City Archives. We were welcomed by Marens Engelhard, director of the…

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A new challenge

In July we've started inspired people to do good in their community. The challenge is simple, by entering and showing us how your ideas have been put into action you will be in the running to win one of 100 tickets to TEDxAmsterdam. You can enter a project that you…

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Are you ready for a challenge?

[caption id="attachment_4385" align="aligncenter" width="720" caption="Earlier this year, Milan and Ivana had an idea..."][/caption] Today we're excited to launch a great campaign as part of TEDxAmsterdam - the TEDxAmsterdam Challenges. As you may be aware, last year we received over 4,500 requests to attend our event.…

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TEDx connexions: David Vogel

[caption id="attachment_4215" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="David Vogel takes center stage at last year's TEDxAms"][/caption] TEDxAmsterdam doesn’t only work hard to create an extraordinary speaker line-up; but the audience too is a veritable petri dish of dynamic and innovative sorts. The diverse audience of CEOs, scientists, creatives…

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Big ideas, grand designs

[caption id="attachment_4151" align="aligncenter" width="662" caption="Lara visits the recent TEDxGreatWall"][/caption] A range of pundits, from trend forecasters and futurists to authors and spiritualists - even devotees of the Mayan calendar - will tell you that we’re in the throes of a paradigm shift. In this contemporary…

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Happy feet

This week I braved Amsterdam’s wintry cold snap to attend the pop up launch of !SYOU, a small, ‘glocally’-based sneaker brand that is causing a quiet revolution in casual footwear. I say 'quiet' for now, but I think we’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more from companies like !SYOU…

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TEDx comes of age

Today marks the one-year anniversary of TEDx, the program that supports independent TED-style events in local communities around the world. On all continents, in cities, villages and the occasional shanty town, people are organising events around the TED concept of ''ideas worth spreading''. They copy the format of TED, and…

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The T-Shirt

Each visitor of TEDxAmsterdam in 2009 received a special T-Shirt. Designed by Yassine and produced by Edun Live. We asked Yassine how he came up with the design. Yassine: "The idea for the TEDxAmsterdam t-shirt centers around the expression 'Pick my brain' As I see it, the speakers at a…

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That was it!

TEDxAmsterdam: Last words host Joris Luyendijk from TEDxAmsterdam on Vimeo. TEDxAmsterdam was held on 20 November 2009, and as it happens, today, on the last day of 2009, we finally got round to publishing all the TEDxAmsterdam talks. For your convenience, they are also linked from the TEDxAmsterdam program, and…

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Be like Jack Sparrow

Embrace your fears, like Jack Sparrow does. With those words, Dutch Minister for European Affairs Frans Timmermans kicks off his TEDx talk. The pirates loved fear and used it for their own good. Just like children, who love it when you read scary bedtime stories. Fear can unleash forces men…

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Charter for compassion

Today, TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong's wish is realized as the Charter for Compassion officially launches... This is a document created by thousands of people around the world. It is capable of enabling a new dialog between the major religions and between religious and nonreligious…

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Your breakthrough?

Are you a student? Curious if you are actually on that list? Show initiative and make it happen yourself: write your own TEDx Talk for the Universiteit van Amsterdam magazine Folia. Because TEDx and Folia are searching for students that have a great idea worth sharing. The theme of TEDx…

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Three new speakers!

Before we'll reveal which speakers will talk at TEDxAmsterdam, we want to tell you that we are very proud to announce Dutch journalist Joris Luyendijk will moderate the TEDxAmsterdam event. Ruud Koornstra, CEO of Tendris, a company that initiates, operates and invests in sustainable businesses will speak at TEDxAmsterdam. Why?…

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Ideas worth shredding

So at the TEDxAmsterdam event on November 20th we'll introduce you to some brilliant minds with ideas worth spreading. In the meantime, we'd like to entertain you with some ideas worth shredding. American weekly Life selected thirty useless inventions from the forties, fifties, and sixties…

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Let's partner up

A special crowd of people gathered in the Rijksakademie Amsterdam yesterday night. From the founder of rock festival Lowlands Eric van Eerdenburg to venture capitalists and from the editor in chief of daily newspaper Sp!ts Bart Brouwers to philanthropist (and TedxAmsterdam speaker) Jacob Gelt Dekker, they were all there with…

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A taste of TED

TEDxAmsterdam will be held November 20 and the program is really taking shape. This 4-minute trailer gives you a taste of TED and the magic that happens at each TED Conference. Amazing speakers, powerful connections and unforgettable moments greet TED attendees.

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Bjarke Ingels

We are announcing a new speaker every week on Tuesday's. Today we are happy to announce that the very talented Danish architect Bjarke Ingels will speak at TEDxAmsterdam 20 November. Young talent Bjarke Ingels Danish Bjarke Ingels is principal of BIG, based in Copenhagen. The company achieved success very fast…

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Challenge yourself

On November 20, the very first TEDx conference in the Netherlands will take place at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam. With an impressive line up of speakers from all over the world ready to tell an inspiring story from subjects varying from science and technology to business and…

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Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly The first speaker we can introduce is Kevin Kelly. Although that name won't ring a bell with most people, Kelly is a true phenomena in some circles. The international internet community will have its eyes on Amsterdam. Kelly is one of the biggest thinkers in the world. He…

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TEDGlobal: inventors

Dat is wel typisch voor veel TED bijdragen: als luisteraar word je daar soms een beetje kriegel van – iedereen denkt hier de wereld te kunnen redden, de woorden zijn soms wel erg groot. (En vooral ook erg hetzelfde). Sommige sprekers verliezen zich daar in. Tegelijkertijd is dat geloof in…

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Oproep voor kunstenaars

Welke kunstenaar wil zijn visie met TEDxAmsterdam delen? Voor een nieuwe creatieve rubriek die TEDxAmsterdam maandelijks zal presenteren zijn wij op zoek naar verschillende kunstenaars die hun eigen visie op maandelijkse thema's van TEDxAmsterdam gaan geven. Welke kunstenaar moeten wij volgens jou benaderen voor deze…